News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 03, 2014.
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ESPN has become the latest major media company to officially support Google Chromecast for connecting HD televisions to the internet. An update to the WatchESPN app for Android and iOS adds the ability to stream all of the major networks, including ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal and ESPN Buzzer (the latter two only when those channels are in season).
The Worldwide Leader In Sports says that the update arrives just in time for the 2014 World Cup taking place in Brazil next week. Though some apps will be broadcast by parent company ABC, Chromecast support is not yet available for the Watch ABC app. That's arriving "soon," according to ESPN, but all matches, included the finals or any other match on ABC network television, will be watchable through Chromecast. As with all WatchESPN viewing options, a valid cable or satellite subscription with a participating provider is required.
As a bonus for soccer fans, Major League Soccer also made its Matchday app and MLS LIVE compatible with Chromecast. It too requires a paid subscription, but it's the easiest way to watch the premiere soccer league of the US when a game may be difficult to locate on television.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.